EVENTS- RECENT Exhibitions


Debra Ramsay: HUE[S]PACE

Dates: September 9 - October 9, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday September 9, 6-8 pm
Special BOS 2016 Event: Saturday Oct 1, 6:00 and 6:45, in collaboration with Gleich Dances and Norte Maar a white room, will premier at ODETTA. Each performance is 7 minutes in duration.

Artists Talk: Sunday Oct 2, 3:00 pm

Hue[s]pace continues Ramsay’s investigation of color, location, and time.  The installation, Hue, Place, Pace, One Year of Color, cascades 14 feet from the ceiling and undulates 23 feet across the floor, specifically designed for the gallery.  It translates a year of color change in a specific location in nature into an abstract three-dimensional object.
The 14 artworks in the exhibition demonstrate Debra’s thinking on color. It being something to be borrowed/captured/found photographically then interpreted into a paint formula with the aid of a computer program. There is no intuitive color selection at play. Her rigorous color system exploits the “…profound harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color” that Josef Albers spoke of.
The sources of these colors come from the natural environment, either a color that is surrounding, such as the sky, or a color from something miniscule, as a flower petal, that could easily be overlooked.

Time is evident in a variety of ways. The installation is segmented into colors from each of the four seasons. Several wall works (acrylic on ¾ inch thick slabs of clear plexiglas) have titles such as Lichen Memory…where something has been painted over, then removed…allowing the viewer to see what is no longer there.  Time captured in an elusive way. The handling of the paint itself contributes a sense of time.  Thin veils of color laid over a translucent support, light pushing through the backs of the panels, and light changing within the environment all contribute to the shifting qualities within each painting and suggesting time itself.


Debra Ramsay

Special Event:
"a white room"

Norte Maar collaborates with ODETTA to present “a white room” featuring choreography by Julia K. Gleich and artwork by Debra Ramsay,
Saturday, October 1 at 6pm and 6:45pm. Dancer: Tiffany Mangulabnan. Photo: Jason Andrew

  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay Hue, Place, Pace, One Year of Color, 2016, acrylic on polyester film, dimensions variable (installation, detail)
  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay Lichen, 2016, acrylic on plexiglass, 13 x 30 x 3/4 inches
  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay Mushroom Gradient, 2016, acrylic on plexiglass, 30 x 13 x 3/4 inches
  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay Sky, 2016, acrylic on polyester film, 8 x 34 inches


In the Flat Files: ODETTA’s Flat Files are curated and change with every exhibit. Hue[s]pace will feature works by Elizabeth Gourlay, Debra Ramsay and Audrey Stone.

  • Audrey Stone Audrey Stone
  • Audrey Stone Audrey Stone
  • Elizabeth Gourlay Elizabeth Gourlay
  • Elizabeth Gourlay Elizabeth Gourlay
  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay
  • Debra Ramsay Debra Ramsay



Debra Ramsay is an abstract artist working in the disciplines of painting, drawing and installation. She maintains a full time studio practice in New York City. Ramsay was awarded a 2016 residency at the Albers Foundation, a 2013 residency at the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY and in 2012 a fellowship at BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy.

Ramsay’s 2016 exhibitions include two solo exhibitions at ODETTA, Brooklyn, and 57W 57th Arts Project Space, NY and a small group exhibition at Project:ARTspace, NY. In 2015 Ramsay had a two-person show at TSA NY Gallery in Brooklyn and a group exhibition at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her 2014 exhibitions included Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia in Chelsea, NYC and The Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ. In 2013 she had a solo show titled MAT/tam, curated by Lucio Pozzi at Palazzo Costa, in Mantova, Italy.